Operation Eyesight Universal

Operation Eyesight Universal
L V Prasad Eye Institute

L V Prasad Eye Institute

September 30, 2015 16:17 ET

Canadian Family Funds World-Class Eye Cancer Treatment Facility in India

Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer to be a global resource for ocular oncology

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 30, 2015) -

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Operation Eyesight Universal and the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) are pleased to announce the opening of the Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer. This world-class facility, made possible by a generous contribution from an Operation Eyesight donor family in Vancouver, was inaugurated today at LVPEI's ocular oncology centre in Hyderabad, India.

"The Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer will save countless lives through its early detection and integrated treatment programs," says Brian Foster, Executive Director of Operation Eyesight. "Thanks to a generous donation from a Canadian family, and to our colleagues at LVPEI, today we take a giant step toward becoming a leader in the field of ocular oncology."

The Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer will provide high-quality, comprehensive treatment for the entire range of ophthalmic tumors in both adults and children. It will emerge as a centre of excellence, offering critically required services to India and other developing countries through research, capacity-building and education programs.

Since 1963, Canada-based Operation Eyesight Universal has been working to eliminate avoidable blindness in India, where there is the highest number of new retinoblastoma cases in the world. This life-threatening eye cancer, along with other types of ocular cancer, has largely remained undetected due to lack of awareness and the limited availability of affordable eye cancer management services.

"A third of eye cancer patients are present in India. It carries the biggest burden of retinoblastoma (a deadly eye cancer in children) globally. At our centre here, we see over 400 patients with eye cancer each year and we have been striving to offer sophisticated and cost effective treatment. In that regard, we have partnered with Operation Eyesight Universal to offer the best to our patients," says Dr. Swathi Kaliki, Consultant, Ocular Oncology Service, LVPEI.

The Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer will play a vital role in increasing awareness about eye cancer, leading to early diagnosis and treatment. Patients will receive the specialized services they require, and those who cannot afford to pay will be offered treatment free of cost. The centre is expected to treat 500 patients in its first year of operation. To learn more visit operationeyesight.com or lvpei.org.

Phone and email interviews are available with representatives from both Operation Eyesight and LVPEI. Please note that interviewees are currently in Hyderabad for the inauguration.

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Contact Information

  • Elizabeth Roden
    Donor Communications Specialist
    Operation Eyesight Universal
    Calgary, Canada
    1-403-670-2638
    rodene@operationeyesight.com

    Dr. Sreedevi Yadavalli
    Head, Communications & Corporate Relations
    L V Prasad Eye Institute
    Hyderabad, India
    Mobile: +91 9849141895
    ysreedevi@lvpei.org